>The aim of this lesson is to learn about our leisure time and what we choose to do in this time (Equivalent to UK GCSE Physical Education)

Leisure time is the time in which we get to choose what we do. The rest of the time we do things that we have to do. The amount of leisure time people have is a lot more than it used to be for a number of reasons, and so what people choose to do in this time is also changing and becoming more important to us.

Leisure is

"free time when you're not meeting social or bodily needs"

Social needs are things like work and chores

Bodily needs are mainly eating and sleeping

Most people spend the rest of their time doing some form of recreation

Recreation is

"something you do in your leisure time because you want to"

Recreation can be exercise based, but it is different to sport. Sport is always played to win and has set rules.

Physical recreation isn't as competitive, you are only competing against yourself and so can set your own rules!

Increases in Leisure Time

People now have more leisure time than they used to. This is because:

  • We spend less time working and have more holidays
  • More people are retiring earlier
  • More unemployment - as machines make jobs easier and so requiring fewer people
  • Less household chores - machines are also making our home chores easier, for example washing machines and dish washers

For these reasons, people are spending more time on recreational activities. Therefore the need is also there for more facilities and services for people to do this. This is why there has been a large growth in the leisure industry in recent years.

Influence of Others

What type of sports you play, and whether you play sports at all, is heavily influenced by the people around you - family and friends.


  • Some parents encourage their children into sports
  • Some sports need lots of specialist equipment and clothing and so some might not be able to afford it
  • Parents are needed to transport their children to and from training and competitions

Friends / Peers

  • The group of friends that you spend most of your leisure time with. This is your peer group.
  • Young people tend to get involved in and enjoy the same activities as their peers
  • The groups attitude towards sport rubs off on the individuals, so if they don't like sport the individual will start playing less sport and vice versa